Minecraft beacons are a high level crafting target that helps you show off, find your way around, and get some valuable bonuses. When built, the beacon shoots, well, a beacon into the sky: a tower of light that players can see from a considerable distance.
You can use this beacon to mark your favorite town, the castle you’ve built for yourself, or a wide variety of other creative options. When completed, you can level up your beacon to provide a variety of boosts just by activating it. Here is everything you need to know!
Minecraft beacons are one of the most difficult items to create, suitable for ambitious players (who want to show off a bit). This is what you need and where you can find it.
Step 1: Five glass blocks. You can get glass by mining sand blocks and combining five or more in a furnace, which makes this a particularly easy step.
Step 2: Three blocks of obsidian. Obsidian is a rare ore and doesn’t trade, so you can’t count on old-fashioned RNG to find it. Instead, you can search underground until you stumble upon a site, or find a handy lava pool and pour buckets of water over it to create layers of obsidian.
However, normal pickaxes will not work when mining obsidian. You’ll need a Diamond Pickaxe or Netherite to make a dent, so make sure you’ve crafted one of these before you start.
Step 3: A lower star. This is where things get really challenging. You only get Nether Stars from The Wither, a boss you have to build in the Nether. the withered requires materials like soul sand and withered skeleton skulls, so it will take some time to build. When animated, The Wither is considered one of the most dangerous bosses in Minecraft, so get ready for a tough fight against the undead monstrosity. The good news is that The Wither is guaranteed to drop a lower star when he is defeated.
You are now ready to build your beacon. But there is a problem: beacons only work when placed on top of a pyramid. You can build a pyramid of up to four levels – that’s how it’s done.
Step 1: Your pyramid must be made of iron, gold, emerald, diamond, or netherite blocks. Fortunately, no matter which, the materials you choose are completely for show. The easiest method will be to use iron. However, you will need a lot of blocks to build your pyramid.
Step 2: The simplest pyramid is a 3 by 3 base, occupying nine blocks. A two-level pyramid has a base of 5 by 5 and a second level of 3 by 3, for a total of 34 blocks. By the time you get to level four, the base of the pyramid is 9 by 9, then 7 by 7, 5 by 5, and 3 by 3, for a total of 164 blocks. Time to start crafting!
Step 3: Note that you can’t use your beacon underground or under cover, so make sure your pyramid has access to the sky when you build it.
Step 4: Build your beacon by placing the five glass blocks in an arc at the top of the crafting window, the obsidian in a layer at the bottom, and the Nether Star in the center. In the center of the highest level of the pyramid, place your beacon, and it should light up if all is well.
Step 5: You can cover your beacon with a glass panel without blocking it. If you add a tint in your glass pane recipe, it will change the color of the glass and the light from the beacon passing through it will also change. Use this method to change the color of your beacon.
You are now ready to use beacon boosters! Come closer and open their menu. You can sacrifice iron and gold ingots, diamonds or emeralds to customize it with the power-ups you want. The more levels the pyramid has, the more you can level up the booster tree and improve the benefits. Boosts include speed, jump boost, health regen, strength, and more.